Fredericton Parking Master Plan Provides Strategic Direction for Downtown Parking

Fredericton City Council has endorsed the final version of the Fredericton Parking Master Plan, which provides a strategic direction with respect to downtown parking and keeps pace with the city’s growing and vibrant downtown core.

“We currently have three new buildings under construction downtown, and existing successful businesses that continue to thrive,” said Councillor Kevin Darrah, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee. “This new parking plan anticipates the future needs of our growing downtown, by putting in place parking strategies that work. I’m confident our new Parking Master plan will support the downtown and the City as a whole, as we continue to grow next year, ten years from now, and beyond.”

Based on community and stakeholder feedback, the Master Plan recommends a series of short to long-term goals and recommendations, based on three key over-arching themes critical for success; technology enhancements, pricing strategies, and supply and demand management.

Immediate short-term recommendations include partnering with a developer in the City Centre to construct a new parking structure and / or indentifying a potential location for a new parking structure; and investing in more sophisticated pay station equipment and technology to improve data collection and service.

Short to medium-term recommendations include establishing a competitive fare structure to encourage off street parking for daily or monthly use, freeing spaces and increasing turnover rates; and identifying locations for park-and-ride lots with convenient access to public transit.

Longer term recommendations include integrating and promoting shared mobility services as a potential parking demand management tool; and monitoring progress of autonomous vehicle use and trends.

About the Consultation

In forming the plan, Fredericton Parking Services engaged stakeholders with a broad spectrum of interests including downtown businesses, residents, and patrons, various levels of government and members of the greater Fredericton community.

Stakeholders were consulted beginning in 2017 via internal and external group meetings, public engagement sessions and surveys, and on-street interviews.

About Parking Services

The City of Fredericton manages 584 on-street parking spaces, and operates a number of parking facilities including a number of surface lots and two parking garages.  All meter and monthly parking rates include HST.

About Stantec

Stantec is a Canadian-based global design firm with a local office in Fredericton.

Need more information?  Contact the City’s Parking Services Division at 506-460-2020.  To view the plan online visit the City’s website at www.fredericton.ca/parkingplan.